St. Anthony’s Breast Center Again Receives NAPBC Designation|
National Accreditation Signals Quality Treatment, Care for Breast Cancer
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (Feb. 20, 2014) – St. Anthony Hospital’s Susan Sheppard McGillicuddy Breast Center and its comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer has once again been recognized by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). The Breast Center has received a three-year accreditation and is the only hospital in St. Petersburg with a breast health program that has been designated by the NAPBC.
“We are truly dedicated to our patients and their needs before, during and after diagnosis and treatment. This accreditation shows our commitment to provide women with the latest comprehensive breast care services to meet their medical, physical and emotional needs,” said Claudia Bundschu, M.D., radiologist and medical director of the breast center. “The NAPBC accreditation is one that is highly regarded in the medical community due to its rigorous standards.”
Only those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a strict evaluation process and review of their performance receive NAPBC accreditation. The standards include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement.
Receiving care at an NAPBC-accredited center ensures that a patient will have access to:
- Comprehensive care, including a full range of the latest services
- A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options for individual patients
- Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
- Quality breast care close to home
Offering a multidisciplinary breast care program, the center provides clinical and support services, from screening and diagnosis to treatment and counseling. A team of specialized clinicians, a radiologist and a patient care navigator work closely together to provide coordinated care to address the individual breast health needs and concerns of each patient.
The Susan Sheppard McGillicuddy Breast Center at St. Anthony’s Hospital is the only facility in St. Petersburg with both the NAPBC accreditation and the Breast Center of Excellence designation from the American College of Radiology (ACR).
For more information on the Susan Sheppard McGillicuddy Breast Center, visit: www.stanthonys.org.
The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast. This mission is pursued through standard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education. Its board membership includes professionals from 15 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care.
About St. Anthony’s Hospital
St. Anthony’s Hospital is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and was the first faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. The hospital continues its rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care.
About BayCare Health System
BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 11 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need.
BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, South Florida Baptist and Winter Haven Hospital. For more information, visit BayCare on the web at www.BayCare.org.
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